Learn what you need to plant flowers, how to prepare a garden bed, and how to plant flowers in the ground with the step by step spring flower tutorial. Also includes easy tips for parents to teach children how to garden.
Gardening with kids is a great way to spend time connecting with your children teaching them the basics of plant care. Learn how to get the kids in the garden helping and teach them how to plant flowers with the easy step by step spring flower gardening tutorial below!
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What do you need to plant flowers?
You will need gardening tools, flowers, potting soil, and containers, pots or a garden bed to plant in.
The exact supplies you need will depend on where you want to plant your flowers, the type of flowers you want to plant, and if you will be using organic soil amendments instead of synthetic fertilizers.
Gardening Tools and Supplies to Plant Flowers
- Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart (optional)
- Garden rake
- Hand trowel(s)
- Digging fork or other cultivators
- Kids Gardening Tools
Organic Soil Amendments for Spring Flowers
Dirt is dead while soil is alive and rich in nutrients. Adding
Miracle grow is not organic, it is a synthetic fertilizer made with chemicals so we choose not to use it. We use the following organic soil amendments instead.
You can pick up the organic gardening supplies listed below at your favorite local nursery. They are just as easy to use and are so much better for your plants and our earth.
- Fresh organic compost [can be purchased if you don’t make your own compost.]
- Bone meal
- Blood meal
- Sulfur pellets/granules for soil that is too alkaline (high pH). You need to address the pH of your soil because plants can not take up nutrients they need unless the soil is in the proper range. If the soil is too alkaline your flowers will not grow well.
- Start your own seeds in advance or pick up flower starts from your favorite local nursery.
How to Plant Flowers Step by Step Tutorial
My daughter and I are fortunate enough to have an excellent model to learn from as far as organic gardening goes.
My mother has an amazing organic permaculture garden complete with over 30 varieties of fruit trees and bushes and lots of garden beds for vegetables.
Learn how to plant flowers with the kids with the step by step by step spring flower gardening tutorial she put together for us. Step by step directions can be found below the photo tutorial.
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Step 1 – Gather gardening tools and supplies needed to plant flowers
Spend some time deciding the type of flowers that you want to plant and where you will plant them. Next, get the organic gardening supplies you need at your local nursery. Don’t forget containers and pots if you do not have a garden bed to plant in.
Use the organic gardening supply list above. It’s also a good idea to ask a knowledgeable staff member at your local nursery for help.
Step 2 – Prepare the soil to plant flowers
Pull out weeds and use digging fork or cultivators. You want to mix and turn the top 6-18″ of the soil.
The exact digging depth will depend on the type and size of flowers that you are planting. Read the instructions that come with your flowers and ask the staff at your local nursery for help.
How we prepared our garden bed to plant flowers
My mother used the digging fork, I used the hand cultivator, and my daughter “helped” with a leaf rake. We modeled the work and she picked up a leaf rake to join us.
Of course, a leaf rake is not an effective tool for cultivating a garden bed. It was the imitative action that was important for my 2-year-old at this stage in her learning.
Using a real cultivator would have been too tough for a toddler. Allow your children to experience success with helping and they will be more likely to continue to help.
What’s most important is allowing children to watch you work and inviting them to help. If they decide to help, encourage your child’s efforts and thank them for helping. For more tips check out 15 ways raise a helper.
Step 3 – Add soil amendments
We added a generous sprinkling of bone meal, blood meal, and sulfur pellets to the soil in our garden bed. Again, ask your local nursery for assistance with soil amendments.
Step 4 – Add compost or organic gardening soil and mix in
Add a generous amount of compost or organic gardening soil to your flower bed (or container) and use your garden rake and/or cultivators to mix it in.
Make room and allow your children to help. They just might push you out of the way clamoring to do it themselves. Make it look fun and they are sure to take away your tools screeching, “I want to do it.”
Speaking of tools. Tools are magical objects for children. If you want them to help around the house, give them their own tools.
Step 5 – Break up large dirt clods by hand if needed
Give this job to the kids. Playing in the dirt is a great sensory activity for the developing child. Children love to break up dirt clods with their hands.
Step 6 – Place the plant in the ground
This simple step by step flower planting tutorial will help you get started.
How to plant flowers in the ground:
- Dig a small hole with a gardening trowel.
- Loosen the root ball of the plant.
- Place the plant in the hole.
- Cover the root ball with dirt and tuck it in. To tuck the flower in, gently press the plant down into the earth.
- Repeat until you are finished planting flowers.
Allow your child to help plant flowers
I felt like a proud mama when my daughter grabbed a trowel and began digging a hole after she watched my mother plant the first flower. Her grandmother made it look so fun she couldn’t wait to get her hands on the trowel.
I was blown away by how delicately she handled each flower sweeping the dirt gently up around each root ball. She planted a total five flowers “all by herself!”
Step 7 – Water flowers
Water the flowers in order to finish planting them. This is a great job for the kids. Children love to help with watering!
Pssst… Don’t tell your children to water the flowers. That’s the quickest way to lose your little helper.
Just start watering the flowers yourself and I’ll bet your kids will come steal the hose away from you like mine does. I could barely get the water on before my daughter screamed, “I want to do it!”
Shhh… It’ll be our little secret 😉
Step 8 – Clean up gardening tools and supplies
Place weeds in your compost or green bin, clean tools right away, and then put them away. Planting is not finished until the tools are cleaned and put away. Good gardening habits start young!
Related: How to Start a Compost
Gardening with Kids: How to Teach Children How to Garden
What’s most important is allowing children to watch you work and inviting them to help. Kids love to imitate the “real work” that they see the adults around them doing, and gardening is no exception.
Act as a role model for how “work” is done while making room for your children to help. No pushing or cajoling or they might not ever want to join you. Simply allow your child to join in the work when they are ready.
Make it look fun and exciting and your child may jump in front of you saying, “I want to do it” just like my 2.5-year-old daughter does. Your child may also decide to wander off and do their own thing instead of helping. This is as it should be.
Open the space to allow them to join in whenever they felt like it. If your child decides to help, encourage their efforts and thank them for helping. For more tips check out 15 ways raise a helper.
My daughter is finally reaching the age where she helps from start to finish. The best part? She’s learning to share the work and enjoy the fruits of her labors with the rest of us… Because she wants to, not because she has to.
Her favorite gardening project is her fairy garden. Click on the link to learn how to make your own!
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